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Z956     New York Sword Belt Plate

Description: Here is a decent NY sword belt plate. This one was slightly bent when excavated and has been professionally straightened. This plate is cast brass and the tongue was brazed on the plate after the initial casting process. The base of the thin tongue is still attached but the main piece is missing. This piece has a pleasing patina and would make a great addition to any collection.

Measures: 49mm x 81mm

Recovered: Howlett Line 1992 near Petersburg, Va. (unconfirmed)

Price: $975.00

Z937     Federal "OVM" Ohio Volunteer Militia Buckle Fat Letter Style

Description: Here is another Ohio buckle with some damage. This one still has quite a bit of the lead in the back and has one hook and a stud. The face has a pleasing patina but the edge is missing. The plate displays nicely but there is a slight wave to it.

Measures: 2.25" x 3"

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $650.00

Z936     Virginia Rectangle Waist Belt Plate, J S Smith Style

Description: Here is another example of a stamped brass Virginia belt plate. This one has the correct solder marks for a buckle while the other we have listed would be a boxplate. This one it quite wavy and has some cracks but it is genuine.

Measures: 50mm x 70mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $1,700.00

Z934      Federal "SNY" State of New York Oval Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is a decent excavated New York buckle. This one has a pleasing face and great lead on the back. Unfortunately, there is a chunk taken out of the edge and the hook is missing.

Measures: 57mm x 87mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $375.00

Z933     Federal "SNY" State of New York Oval Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is another excavated New York buckle. This one appears to have been squeezed. There is some rim damage but the face still has a nice patina and the three letters are visible. The back retains most of the lead solder and one stud and the attachment hook are still in place.

Measures: 2" x 3.5"

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $325.00

Z929     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight forward curve to the face. There is some rim loss to the front and the back has a small chunk of the lead solder missing. The iron attachment loops are missing as is common on dug examples.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z928     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another eagle breastplate. This one has some issues around the edge. A decent portion of the lead solder is still intact and the iron loops have rusted away. This one is maker marked on the back.

Backmark: BOYD & SONS / BOSTON

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $90.00

Z926     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight curve but displays nicely. Most of the lead solder on the back is still present and the iron attachment loops have rusted away. There is some rim damage on this example almost the entire way around.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z925     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a fold on the bottom edge. The lead solder on the back is mostly intact and the attachment loops are rusted off. While the plate is a little bit wavy, it is a nice representative example that could be straightened if desired.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $70.00

Z924     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is an excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight curve to the face and a chunk out of the edge. Most of the lead solder on the back is still in place but the iron attachment hooks have rusted off.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $60.00

Z923     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a decent dug eagle breastplate. This one has a nice patina on the face. There is some damage on the lower side and the plate is a bit wavy. The lead solder is mostly intact and the iron loops are gone. This one has a light makers mark on the back.

Backmark: W.H. SMITH / BROOKLYN

Measures: 66mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $85.00

Z921     1840's-1850's Militia Panel Plate with Eagle Surrounded by 13 Stars

Description: Here is a nice early dug militia panel plate. The bar is missing from the back but the tongue is still firmly attached. This plate was cleaned long ago on the face but has darkened nicely over the years. This plate is a little wavy but does display nicely.

Measures: 57mm x 84mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $325.00

Z902     Tongue from a Militia Buckle Marked "76"

Description: Here is an excellent relic from Frederick, Md. This is a massive tongue! Unfortunately the large wreath wasn't found with this tongue. The plate was recovered July 23, 1989 North of Frederick, Md. where Route 26 splits off of 15. The exact location is where the State Farm building is located today. I haven't been able to track down another buckle like it anywhere in my books. I have a strong feeling this buckle belonged to someone in the 76th New York Infantry Regiment. Based on where the plate was found I would think it would have been lost during the Maryland 1862 Campaign or during the fallback from Gettysburg. The 76th New York was in this area during both time frames. A little more research needs to be done. The left side of the belt keeper is bent forwards and needs to be straightened. The tongue area is nice with some verdigris. There is a slight shovel scrape across the face touching on the tops of both numbers and the top edge. These oddball plates are fun to research and I would bet it would be easy to track this to the 76th N.Y.I.R.

Measures: Tongue 42mm Belt Keeper 68.25mm

Recovered: North of Frederick Maryland off of Route 26 near the State Farm building.

Price: $995.00

Z874     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Here is an excavated early war boxplate with the big fat letters. This one was recovered out of a construction site in the Clearbrook, Va. area. It is rather flat but there is a big crack down the face and some tweaking around the edges. Although this plate is cracked it is still held together by one of the wires for the attachment hooks.

Measures: 2.25" x 3.5"

Recovered: Clearbrook, Va.

Price: $40.00

Z873     Federal S.N.Y. State of New York Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is a dug New York buckle in less than perfect shape. It has some major rim damage but you can clearly read the letters. The puppy paw style hooks are all present on the back. This is an inexpensive representative example dug in the Shenandoah Valley.

Measures: 2" x 2.75"

Recovered: Clearbrook, Va.

Price: $125.00

Z871     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is missing the hooks but does have most of the lead solder on the back. It is curved quite a bit but could clean up a little nicer.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z870     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a rough eagle breastplate. This is another out of the Fairfax, Virginia area. This one has  pleasing patina that could clean up more. Unfortunately, the hooks are missing and there is some rim loss around the edges.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia collection.

Price: $65.00

Z868     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Nice excavated breastplate out of a collection of items from the Fairfax, Virginia area. This one has some lead loss and is slightly twisted.

Measures: 64.3mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $75.00

Z856     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Boxplate

Description: Nice excavated buckle that appears to have been squeezed. It could be slightly bent my other means as well. This one retains most of the lead solder but it missing the hooks.

Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Price: $85.00

Z837     Regulation 1826 Pattern Eagle Breastplate

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate out of a large collection of relics from the Fairfax County area. This one remains uncleaned and still has a partial loop on the back. The lead solder is peppered but still intact for the most part.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $135.00

Z832     Rare Virginia Rectangle Boxplate , Horstmann Pattern

Description: Nice excavated Virginia style stamped brass boxplate. This one has a very pleasing patina. There is a slight wave to the plate at the bottom but this could be straightened if desired. Interestingly, the solder marks on this example don't appear to have been made for the typical belt loop fixture but for the boxplate pattern. If you already have the buckle pattern, this rarer boxplate pattern may be the one for you.

Measures: 52.5mm x 69.78mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $3,250.00

Z831     Volunteer Main Militia

Description: Nice excavated VMM boxplate. This one is missing the loops and most of the lead which is common on dug examples. These plates used very little lead in the fill process during manufacturing. This one has a pleasing patina and the edge is just slightly tweaked.

Measures: 89mm x 56mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $725.00

Z824     Regulation 1826 Pattern Eagle Breastplate

Description: Here is a very nice eagle breastplate from the Fairfax County area. This one is still dirty and could be cleaned a little more. The plate is flat and both iron attachment loops are still present on the back. Most of the lead solder still remains but is a little flaky.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Fairfax, Virginia Collection

Price: $165.00

Z791     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle (Maker Marked)

Description: Here is an excavated carbine sling buckle. This one is a little twisted and both of the flippers are stuck in place. It is maker marked with "US" and there is another mark I cannot make out.

Recovered: Jefferson County, West Virginia

Price: $125.00

Z789     Regulation 1839 Pattern US Boxplate

Description: Nice excavated US boxplate with both iron attachment loops missing. The front has a field dug appearance and the back retains most of it's lead solder. There is one small rust burr on the front and there is a slight ding on the back.

Measures: 56mm x 87mm

Recovered: Jefferson County, West Virginia

Price: $95.00

Z787     Federal Model 1851 Pattern N.C.O. Waist Belt Plate (Applied Face)

Description: Here is a variant that you don't see everyday. This one has the applied face and wreath. Most plates only have an applied wreath. This plate dates to the 1850's and is similar to the marked Allegheny Arsenal pattern. This one still has it's original curve and a good portion of the applied face. The applied motif is a little crusty but the plate is benchmarked on the back with "890."

Measures: 53mm x 87mm

Recovered: Jefferson County, West Virginia

Price: $150.00

Z768     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a very nice excavated eagle breastplate with great detail. This one has a very nice face that is still covered in dirt. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder and remnants of both iron attachment loops are present.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $140.00

Z763     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern "Baby" US Boxplate

Description: This one is in rough shape but still displayable. The front has a few folds and cracks and the majority of the lead solder is missing from the back. You can clearly see where one loop was but both are now rusted away.

Measures: 42mm x 71mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $125.00

Z762     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a very nice excavated eagle breastplate out of an old Virginia collection. This one has a nice face with a few rust spots. The back retains nearly all of the lead and there is still one attachment loop present.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $135.00

Z744     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another breastplate recovered from the Shenandoah Valley area. This one would have been nicer but the edge broke off long ago. Both hooks are missing but the lead is intact on the remaining part.

Recovered: Front Royal, Virginia

Price: $50.00

Z737     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Boxplate

Description: Here is a nice early war US boxplate with the fat letters. This one was recovered in Fredericksburg and appears to be a "water" or "wet area" find. You can still see the sheen on the front of the plate. There is some edge damage on the top and bottom but the plate is rather flat. There are some freeze spots on the "S."

Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Price: $90.00

Z733     Confederate Cast Brass Wreath for Two Piece Buckle

Description: Here is a well worn wreath for a two piece buckle. When this was dug, it was in three pieces and the digger tried to glue it together at one time. The outside rim measures approximately 43mm in width. The inside dimensions measure approximately 31mm x 17mm. This was recovered with a lot of other relics in the Chambersburg, Pa. area that was used as a retreat route after the battle of Gettysburg.

Recovered: Gettysburg Retreat Route, Chambersburg, Pa. area

Price: $275.00

P8     Federal Model 1851 Pattern N.C.O Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is an 1851 pattern sword belt plate that has seen better days. This one was recovered in Petersburg, Virginia and appears to have been in a fire pit. This is the later war pattern buckle with the rays extending all the way from the top to the bottom corners. The majority of the German silvered wreath is missing but there are still a few pieces here and there. You can still make out the main eagle motif on the face. This buckle has seen better days but is priced accordingly.

Recovered: Petersburg, Virginia

Price: $125.00

Z630     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Boxplate

Description: Here is an interesting plate. This one is almost split in two and is curled on the edges. It appears that the digger had placed some wax on this piece to hold it together. This one is missing the loops on the back. This is the tall pattern "US" plate and it was dug out of Joe Bell's garden many years ago. This would be the garden that was at the Hauser Farm.

Recovered: Hauser Farm, Sharpsburg, Md.

Price: $60.00

Z569     State of New York Belt Buckle (SNY)

Description: Here is a nice excavated State of New York belt plate. This is the early type with the iron hooks. The brass face and the iron hooks are missing as is the norm on most of these plates. There is a very small hole just under the left hand side of the "N." This is one of several that were recovered from a shipwreck off of the South Carolina Coast. Apparently the ship went down while en route to South America where it was to deliver surplus military goods. The ship nor the goods ever made it to their destination. This shipwreck is a neat site and I will provide more information about the name of the ship as well as its cargo to the buyer. This one is priced to move and lays flat as a pancake.

Measures: 55mm x 82mm

Recovered: South Carolina Shipwreck

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell, "American Military Belt Plates"  (Plate 535)

Price: $175.00

Z235     US 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Very nice excavated cartridge box plate. The front of this plate has a dark brown patina with a few dull spots. The back of the plate retains nearly 100% of its lead solder. Both hooks are strong and still present. This plate was excavated long ago and is as flat as a pancake.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate 505 (boxplate)

Price: $225.00

Z71     State of New York Belt Buckle (SNY)

Description: Here is a nice excavated State of New York belt plate. This is the early type with the iron hooks. The brass face and the iron hooks are missing. This is one of several that were recovered from a shipwreck off of the South Carolina Coast. Apparently the ship went down while en route to South America where it was to deliver surplus military goods. The ship nor the goods ever made it to their destination. This shipwreck is a neat site and I will provide more information about the name of the ship as well as its cargo to the buyer.

Measures: 55mm x 82mm

Recovered: South Carolina Shipwreck

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell, "American Military Belt Plates"  (Plate 535)

Price: $295.00

 

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